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Vertical axis in chart corresponds to 000s of bbls of oil equivalent per day.

Oil -  fossil oil from on and offshore reservoirs, including tight sands/shales; and liquids extracted from gas.

Gas - sales gas from on and offshore reservoirs, including tight sands/shales and coal beds.

Full breakdowns are available in datafiles.

Vertical axis in chart corresponds to number of wells spudded in year including stand-alone sidetracks.

Wells in chart include those drilled in exploratory and development categories for oil and gas, but excluding CBM.

Full breakdowns are available in datafiles.

Early history

In development

Modern history

The KD-1 well in 1984 was the first discovery in the Kutch offshore basin, flowing oil and gas from Eocene limestones and sandstones. The GK-22 well drilled gas in Cretaceous sandstones in 1992 and subsequently 2 wells, GK-39 and GK-22C, both drilled in 2004, identified significant gas reserves within similar sediments of Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous age. Well GK-28 then discovered gas in 2009 in a Miocene-age reservoir and the first oil in the basin was identified in underlying Cretaceous sediments in 2010. Further gas and minor oil discoveries, have since been made in this area.

In development.

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In development

India overlies 27 sedimentary basins, eight of which contain commercial volumes of oil and gas.

The Kutch basin - is a Late Triassic to Cretaceous rift related to the separation of India and Africa along the E-W Delhi Trend. It evolved into a passive margin basin during the Cenozoic.

Oil and gas forecasts

Finally, 2 Kutch basin discoveries (GK28/42) are due to be put onstream in the early 2020s by ONGC as a cluster development after a period of exploration to find additional incremental reserves. Some subsequent growth is possible.

In development

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